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  • 26 October 2017

    The exhibition related to history and implementation of the Convention on Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was opened in the United Nations Headquarters on 9 October 2017.

    Introductory remarks were delivered by Ambassador Bogusław Winid, permanent Representative of Poland to the UN, Ms. Izumi Nakamitsu, UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs and Mr. Kai Chen, Director of External Relations of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. The aim of this exhibition is to present OPCW efforts for last twenty years since the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and on Their Destruction (CWC) entered into force. It also brings back context why these efforts are valuable and should be recognized. In 1997 CWC was world’s first multilateral disarmament agreement to provide for the elimination of an entire category of weapons of mass destruction. Over years, 192 States have joined the Convention which makes it one of the most universal international treaties. Despite challenges facing implementation of the Convention, CWC is still valid and necessary and as one of the most successful disarmament treaties in history needs strong support from Member States. Poland has been involved in the implementation of the convention since its beginning and in the UN plays a role of a single sponsor of a dedicated resolution of the UNGA.



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